Comic 380 - Happier Days
19th Dec 2018, 12:00 AM in A ToyCo Christmas Carol
Happier Days
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Yep, this is a direct continuation of last chapter's epilogue.
(It did fit so well, that was one reason why I couldn't pass that opportunity...)

Anyway, here are Bettina's and Timmy III's parents: Timmy II and his wife Hyacinthia!

The orange glow is supposed to come from a nearby fireplace.
But on the other hand, it could also indicate that these are Bettina's overly idealized childhood memories.
I was going for a full-on Christmas atmosphere kinda like this here.
User comments:
lirvilas edit delete reply
The word is “fireplace”... “chimney fires” are bad bad bad and can destroy or significantly damage one’s home. Not that I’ve ever started one.


Hyacinthia looks like she came from old money. Did Timmy II marry for love or for something else?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Re: Chimney fire vs. fireplace
Changed that. That's indeed a nuance of the English language that I wasn't aware of. Thanks for the correction!
It seems what went wrong here is that one German translation for "chimney" ("Kamin") is indeed often used to describe the fireplace too.
(Given the Timmys' nonchalance when it comes to the safety of their toys, them just calmly keeping on with celebrating Christmas while their house burns is a hilarious thought, though...)

Re: Old money
Yes, old money, that is exactly what I was thinking!
And I would indeed not put it past Timmy II to marry into AB's established high society just for "political" reasons...
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
@ Micro: That glow really does sell the "nostalgia" of the piece.

Now, do you have a maiden name for Hyacinthia? Perhaps we shall discuss a bit? :)

(There are a few families she might fit into if you don't already have a name for her.)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Yes, let's discuss, for I have indeed no maiden name for her yet! :-D

(Like it was already said above, she is quite probably "old money". The kind of family that sends their daughters to debutante balls.)
AmeliaP edit delete reply
I remember this page reference in there.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Creating this chapter in parallel with Childhood's End's run resulted in quite some remarkable two-way cross-pollinating! :-D